The article discusses how Celtic has failed to secure any points in their first two group stage games in the Champions League. Kenny Miller, a former Celtic and Rangers striker, expresses the view that Celtic must achieve positive results in their upcoming two matches against Atletico Madrid to advance further in European competition this season.
Celtic is entering their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid after losing both of their initial group stage games to Feyenoord and Lazio. The defeat to Lazio was particularly disheartening, with a last-minute winner from former Barcelona player Pedro sealing their fate.
These outcomes have left Celtic at the bottom of Group E. Miller emphasizes that in order to maintain hopes of European football beyond the Christmas period, Brendan Rodgers’ team must secure points in their two matches against the formidable Spanish side.
Miller states on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard that although the group is not the most challenging, it is also not the easiest. He suggests that Feyenoord is a team that, in knockout games, could be considered a real opportunity for success. Additionally, he points out that Celtic had previously beaten Lazio in Europa League matches a few years ago, creating optimism about their competitiveness in this group.
However, the initial two results have made the situation extremely challenging. With Atletico Madrid being one of the strongest teams in the group, the upcoming back-to-back matches are crucial for Celtic. Failing to secure points in both games would put them at risk, as a draw by Lazio could keep them out of contention.
Miller concludes that if Atletico Madrid wins both matches, Celtic would be left with no points in the group. Consequently, achieving at least one point in the upcoming match is of utmost importance to their prospects in the tournament.